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Max capacity for Isuzu's new ute

Facelifted D-Max has a new nose. But the big change is under the bonnet, with a cleaner and gruntier 3.0-litre engine.

D-Max cleans up but keeps big-capacity engine.

Tesla hits New Zealand

Model S is the car that established Tesla as an 'it' brand. Still doing stirling work.

Hold on tight: Tesla has arrived. Can Kiwi fans keep control?

New entry in NZ's luxury car market

Infiniti Q50 is available with conventional powertrain or as a hybrid.

Nissan's luxury brand is being brought here. But not by Nissan.

A new Range Rover coming

The only image that Range Rover has released so far of the new Velar.

Land Rover has confirmed a new addition to the Range Rover family and it will be available in New Zealanders in late 2017.

Another Audi SUV, as is the fashion

Audi calls Q2 an urban SUV. So yes, it's front-drive. But quattro is coming.

Think Audi SUVs are a bit staid? Maybe you'll like the fashion-forward Q2.

Flagship Mitsi ute a wannabe SUV

Top Triton picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. Does that make it an SUV?

Mitsubishi's top Triton ute picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. So who needs an SUV?

Mitsubishi Eclipse name appears again

Mitsubishi is set to debut the Eclipse Cross concept at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

Mitsubishi is putting all its eggs in one basket as it looks to capitalise on the SUV boom.

Luxury SUV almost nails sporty video

Undeniably impressive around corners, but will the Levante's ride be too firm for some luxury-SUV buyers?

Maserati's first SUV has enough sportiness to be convincing. But it's a tricky balance.

Tycoon pledges Defender 4x4 return

End of the line as the last Land Rover Defender rolls off the production line in Solihull in January 2016.

Chemicals giant turns its hand to ''building the world's purest 4x4'' aimed at farmers and explorers.

Merc's monster luxury off-roader gallery

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

Mercedes-Benz's flagship brand adds uber luxury off-roader to its exclusive ranks.

Toyota building real-life Tonka truck

Toyota Australia teased its life-sized Tonka Hilux with this vehicle used as a "pace car" for speedway events in Sydney ...

Toyota is about to make every boyhood dream come true.

Brutality and the Beast

It's not easy turning a Wrangler into a Brute-ute. Not that easy driving one, either.

Jeep's entry into the double-cab 4WD ute sector comes courtesy of this Wrangler-based special.

Countryman's a big deal

Refined on the road when you want it to be, but that Mini-ride is firm by most family-SUV standards.

The new Mini Countryman has given up any pretense of being small. It's just a fun family SUV now.

Dodge reveals hot-rod SUV video

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

For those torn between an SUV and a muscle car, Dodge has a new solution.

Peugeot 2008 aims high video

Ride height of 2008 wagon - sorry, SUV - has been raised 165mm compared with the closely related 208 hatchback.

French maker hopes you will look up to its tiny wagon as an apres-off-roader.

Less is more for Kodiaq

Kodiaq is Skoda's largest-ever model. You probably won't be doing this in the FWD version.

Czech maker's Kodiaq seven-seater kicks off in Kiwiland with a tiny 1.4-litre engine.

Pajero Sport gets more safety

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, which now has added safety specification.

More for the same price as Mitsubishi's biggest SUV receives some tweaks for 2017.

AMG versus the GLE SUV video

New GLE 43 gets full Mercedes-AMG status... and unique 3.0-litre biturbo V6 engine.

The GLE is no spring chicken, but AMG has put a serious spring in its step.

Auckland's worst intersections video

Serious injury crashes at intersections in Auckland have been rising.

Safety campaign reveals most dangerous spots in our biggest city.

A great ute for camping video

The Z71 parked among the tents at the Papamoa camping resort.

It's holiday time - so we go camping in a Holden Colorado.

BMW X1 selection rationalised

Changes have been made to the BMW X1 selection in New Zealand.

Diesel out, petrol in for BMW X1.

Mini has another growth spurt video

The 2017 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works.

British brand debuts its performance SUV.

Kia's hybrid-SUV tonic video

Niro hybrid is based on an all-new eco-car platform, designed from the ground up to carry batteries.

New crossover from Korea aims to be small-SUV first, hybrid second. If you want one, tell Kia NZ now.

Inside a $490,000 Rolls-Royce video

There's luxury, and then there's extreme luxury.

Did someone say luxury? This is the closest most of us will get to inside a Rolls-Royce Ghost (sadly).

Holden's lighter brigade

New Astra sedan has dropped over 100kg compared with the Cruze it replaces.

How new Holden models are benefiting from hi-tech weight-loss strategies.

China's King of the Road - SUV

Geely Auto's SUV model Emgrand GS at the Auto China 2016 show in Beijing, China.

Drivers shun boring sedan as four of every 10 passenger vehicles sold in the country are SUVs.

Holden's new Equinox SUV

The sign says Chevrolet, but this will be a 'Holden' Equinox from the end of 2017.

A global mid-sized SUV due in NZ by the end of the year.

When is an SUV an off-roader?

We can argue all day about what makes an off-roader. But it's got a lot to do with tyres. Ask this Ford Model T man.

Sorting an SUV with really good off-road ability is not as complicated as you think, reports Damien O'Carroll.

Carmakers with surprise SUVs

Oh yes, the Urus: another Lamborghini SUV. Add it to the collection.

Here is some from SUV-history that surprised us all, and some that was a bit more predictable.

What's an SUV again?

Subaru Outback is a standard wagon with SUV aspirations. Some might call it a crossover (not Subaru though).

Never mind the off-roading, it's easy to get bogged down in semantics around the world of SUVs.

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